Thursday, March 01, 2007

Rare Opportunity to Visit Livermore Lab's Site 300

The Site 300 Firing Facilities are part of Lawrence Livermore National Labs and are used for "hydrodynamic testing" of high explosives (HE). It's a high security, high energy kind of place and I'd imagine that it's not often open to the public.

<-- Site 300 Contained Firing Facility

There are observation posts near the firing facilities to spot people, animals, aircraft, and other things that might interfere with testing. Although the firing facilities continue to be principally used for nuclear weapons research, tests of conventional weapons are also conducted.

But evidently, a public relations concern has convinced the lab allow visitors inside Site 300 via public tours of the facility the first and third Fridays of this month. The first one begins at 10 a.m. Friday; reservations are required. Tour highlights include a view of the Contained Firing Facility, a look at the site’s environmental remediation facilities and wetlands and stops at observation points for wildlife and surrounding property.

I'd absolutely go to get a look if I didn't live 2000 miles away.

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